Whitby

An Introduction to Whitby

From the atmospheric Abbey towering over winding cobbled streets to the windswept beach and working harbour, Whitby is not your traditional coastal town. No trip to this picturesque ancient seaport would be complete without sampling some award-winning fish and chips, following the footsteps of Bram Stoker’s Dracula and English explorer Captain James Cook or discovering the history of the famous Whitby Jet.

Enjoy the North York MoorsYorkshire Coast and Howardian Hills by public transport, find out more.

Places to Stay in Whitby

The Coach House

Whitby, North Yorkshire

Cliffemount Hotel

Runswick Bay, Bank Top Lane, Whitby, North Yorkshire, TS13 5HU

Explorers Rest

7 Wellington Terrace, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 3HF

Holmleigh Guest House

6 Prospect Hill, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 1QE

Blue Beck Cottage

Egton Bridge, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 5AX

Staithes Holiday Cottages

Toffee Crackle House, High Street, Whitby, North Yorkshire, TS13 5BH

The Firs

Hinderwell Lane, Runswick Bay, Whitby, North Yorkshire, TS13 5HR

Rowantree Farm

Fryup Road, Ainthorpe, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 2LE

Victoria Hotel

Station Road, Robin Hood’s Bay, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4RL

Walkers Cottage

7d Walkers Yard, Cliff Street, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 3DD

The Runswick Bay Hotel

2 Hinderwell Lane, Runswick Bay, Whitby, North Yorkshire, TS13 5HR

Ellerby Country Inn

12-14 Ryeland Lane, Ellerby, Nr Whitby, North Yorkshire, TS13 5LP

Halmer Grange Guest House

Goathland, Nr Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 5AN

The Belfry Whitby

The Belfry, 2 Church Square, North Yorkshire, YO21 3EG

North Yorkshire Moors Caravan Club Site – CAMC

Sneaton, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 5JE

York House

3 Back Lane, High Hawsker, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4LW

Whitehaven Guest House

29 Crescent Avenue, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 3EW

White Linen Whitby

24 Bagdale, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 1QS

White Point House

White Point Road, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO213JR

White Horse & Griffin

87 Church Street, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4BH

White Linen Guest House

24 Bagdale, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 1QS

Whitby Holiday Cottages

48 Flowergate, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 3BB

Whitby Holiday Park – Holiday Homes

Whitby Holiday Park, Saltwick Bay, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4JX

Wentworth Guest House

27 Hudson Street, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 3EP

Waterside Cottage

C/o Robert & Victoria, 3 Sandgate, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4DB

W Hamond Boutique Apartment

112 Church Street, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4DE

Unique Retreats

Unique Retreats, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 5EP

Thistlebank Townhouse Whitby

19 Bagdale, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 1QS

The Willows

35 Bagdale, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 1QL

The Woodlands

The Valley, Sandsend, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 3TE

The Wheeldale Whitby

11 North Promenade, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 3JX

The Whitby Whaler

8 Prospect Hill, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 1QE

The Watermark Apartments

15 & 18 Holt Court, Whitehall Landing, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4FG

The Stables at Cross Butts

Guisborough Road, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 1TL

The Studio Flat

Glaisdale, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 2PZ

The Runcible Spoon

16 High Street, Hinderwell, Whitby, North Yorkshire, TS13 5JH

Things to do in Whitby

Whitby Coastal Cruises

The Brewery Steps, Lower Harbour, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 3PR

Whitby Whale Watching

6a Albion Street, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 1ES

Whitby Brewery

East Cliff, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4JR

Ellerby Country Inn

12-14 Ryeland Lane, Ellerby, Whitby, North Yorkshire, TS13 5LP

Bark Endeavour

Pier Road, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 3PU

Baxtergate Shop & Cafe

Baxtergate, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 1BW

Wetwheels Yorkshire

Wetwheels Yorkshire, Whitby Harbour, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 1YW

Whitby Museum Tea Room

Pannett Park, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 1RE

White Horse & Griffin Restaurant

87 Church Street, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4BH

W Hamond Tea Room

Directly Above W Hamond Boutique, 112 Church Street, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4DE

The White House Restaurant

Upgang Lane, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 3JJ

The Wheatsheaf Inn

Egton, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 1TZ

The White House Restaurant

Upgang Lane, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 3JJ

The Star Inn The Harbour

Langborne Road, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 1YN

The Stables at Cross Butts

Guisborough Road, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 1TL

The Runcible Spoon

16 High Street, Hinderwell, Whitby, North Yorkshire, TS13 5JH

The Postgate

Egton Bridge, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 1UX

The Magpie Cafe

14 Pier Road, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 3PU

The Magpie Cafe

14 Pier Road, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 3PU

The Hare & Hounds

High Street, High Hawsker, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4LH

The Four Seasons Restaurant

14 Bridge Street, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4BG

The Fisherman’s Wife

Khyber Pass, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 3PZ

The Angel Hotel

1 New Quay Road, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 1DH

The Artisan Cafe @ The Geall Gallery

Front Street, Grosmont, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO225QE

Skippers Cafe

Skippers Café, 5 Haggersgate, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 3PP

Sea View Restaurant at Victoria Hotel

Station Road, Robin Hood’s Bay, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4RL

Shepherds Hall Tea Rooms & Craft Gallery

Lealholm, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 2AQ

Royal Fisheries

48 Baxtergate, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 1BL

Rusty Shears

3 Silver Street, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 3BU

Romerojo’s

5a Golden Lion Bank, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 3BS

Robertsons

6/7 Bridge Street, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4BG

Raithwaite Estate Dining

Sandsend, Raithwaite, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 3ST

Quayside

7 Pier Road, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 3PU

North Beach Cafe

North Beach, North Promenade, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 3EN

Moors Coffee Shop

The Green, Goathland, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 5LX

Mister Chips Seafood Restaurant

68/69 Church Street, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4AS

About Whitby

Whitby is one of the most famous and popular seaside towns in Yorkshire.

Whitby is split by the River Esk. On the East Cliff, overlooking the North Sea, the ruined Gothic Whitby Abbey was Bram Stoker’s inspiration for “Dracula”. Nearby is the Church of St. Mary, reached by 199 steps.

The Captain Cook Memorial Museum, in the house where Cook once lived, displays paintings and maps.

West of town is West Cliff Beach, lined with beach huts.

As well as being the birthplace of some of modern history’s best known stories, Whitby has a maritime, mineral and tourist heritage.

Tourism started in Whitby during the Georgian period and developed with the arrival of the railway in 1839. Its attraction as a tourist destination is enhanced by the proximity of the high ground of the North York Moors national park and the heritage coastline and by association with the horror novel Dracula.

For industry, as well as fishing, Jet and alum were mined locally, and Whitby jet, which was mined by the Romans and Victorians, became fashionable during the 19th century.

The abbey ruin at the top of the East Cliff is the town’s oldest and most prominent landmark.

Other significant features include the swing bridge, which crosses the River Esk and the harbour, which is sheltered by the grade II listed East and West piers.

The town’s maritime heritage is commemorated by statues of Captain Cook and William Scoresby, as well as the whalebone arch that sits at the top of the West Cliff.

The town also has a strong literary tradition and has featured in literary works, television and cinema.

See more on the Yorkshire Coast here.